As Microsoft stopped shipping essential security updates to its most popular Windows 7 operating system earlier this month (14th Jan 2020), a large number of businesses are still in the process of making the transition to Windows 10, to avoid the prospect of being exposed to unsafe malware attacks.
While it is recommended to make the Windows 10 migration at the earliest, embarking on the process isn’t an easy job, and can take a lot of time planning and executing the move. Irrespective of the stage of migration process you’re at, there are several aspects you need to consider when transitioning your existing devices to Windows 10.
Here we are discussing the top 5 tips to make the transition smooth and hassle-free.
1. Prioritize deployment planning
Deployment planning using Windows migration services and accounting for the need for data storage on the old OS, in specific instances, is an essential aspect of Windows migration. Make sure to organize and roll out deployment in phases along with extensive testing. Further, evaluate each phase deployment in terms of positives and negatives, followed by determining actions for improvement. Running a complete audit on the existing IT systems, applications and infrastructure also help immeasurably when planning a migration.
2. Conduct training for proper use of Windows 10
For successful Windows migration, it is critical to provide training courses for users. To be able to take complete benefit of Windows 10 features, users need to know all about it and a comprehensive training module can offer that. Also, to keep the users engaged, the training should be designed in a way that combines different formats such as quick reference guides, formal classroom sessions to computer/ mobile-based training videos.
3. Identify potential issues
To be able to migrate to Windows 10 seamlessly, identify users to be testers for pilot migrations. This allows you to identify potential issues that the users are facing and give enough time to work on resolving the problems for enterprise-wide deployment. Part of the pilot assessment should also include identifying which applications the existing machines are running and whether there is any potential compatibility issues with moving them to Windows 10.
4. Evaluate various migration options
There are quite a few options available for Windows 10 migration that businesses can use. Among the common ones include-
• In-place upgrades- One of the most common options, it involves upgrading existing Windows 7 machines to Windows 10 through a software update.
• PC refresh: This is a good option to consider if your older machines are no longer fit to meet business requirements or you’re considering a different operating system, altogether from Windows.
• Re-imaging: In this option, the existing systems are wiped completely, and Windows 10 is installed based on a pre-prepared image.
5. Set up a proper team
Based on the size of your workforce and what needs migrating, it is important to get the right number of people to help with the process of migration. For bigger organisations, an ideal team would consist of a combination of project leader, project managers within the IT team, software developers and some Windows specialists to help out with the process.
Apart from the above tips, hiring Windows Windows migration services that include design and planning analysis, various infrastructure and requirements analysis and other IT support could be instrumental in making a smooth transition to Windows 10.